Thursday, November 17, 2016

Sabbineni Meghana selected for National Cricket team


Sabbineni Meghana has been selected for the Indian women’s cricket that took on the world champions West Indies in a three-match T-20 series. Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) General Secretary and Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) Vice-President Gokaraju Ganga Raju said in a press release on Monday that Meghana has also been selected for the Indian team, which would participate in the Asia Cup in Thailand from November 30.

Besides the limited overs series, the 20-year-old has also been selected to play at the Asia Cup which will be held in Thailand from November 30. Before Meghana, Andhra has given players like V. Sneha Deepthi and R. Kalpana to the Indian women’s cricket team.

“Meghana’s selection to the Indian team is a feather in the cap for the Andhra Cricket Association (ACA). Her selection was possible due to the untiring efforts of Maria Fahey, ACA women’s coach from New Zealand, and the entire support staff of the ACA Women’s Cricket Academy in Guntur, besides her own commitment. We are all proud of her and wish her the best of luck,” said G. Ganga Raju, secretary, ACA

20 years old Meghana has been a part of the Andhra Women’s team for long. She lives in Ibrahimpatnam, Vijayawada and for the past six years, has played in under-16, under-19, senior women one-dayers and T20s for ACA. She has been winning many South Zone cricket tournaments. She has also been captain of the Andhra women’s team in all age-groups.

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Road named after Vejandla Venkateswara Rao in Mumbai


V V Rao Marg, Nariman Point, 400021 street is located in the Mumbai City, Mumbai District, Maharashtra state, India was named after Late. Vegendla Venkateswara Rao.  

Venkateshwara Rao Vajendla also known as "V V Rao"  (October 12, 1941 - October 21, 1999) was born in  Pamulapadu Village, Guntur District. He served as Chief Fire Officer Mumbai Fire Brigade was awarded President’s Fire Service Medal for Distinguished Service in 26th January, 1997. V V Rao has worked in the fire brigade for 42 years.  

For the first time a chief fire officer was given the guard of honour after his death was in 1999, when the chief fire officer was V V Rao. His body was taken in a truck to Shivaji Park crematorium. In October 1999, then CFO VV Rao had died following a cardiac arrest in the civic headquarters.

His son Ananda Rao Vegendla married BJP leader Late.Pramod Mahajan's daughter Poonam Mahajan alias Poonam Vajendla Rao (MP from Mumbai North Central) 

Friday, October 14, 2016

Sreekanth Chalasani granted $1 million to harness sound to control brain cells

LA JOLLA--Salk Institute for Biological Studies Associate Professor Sreekanth Chalasani has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH) Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative for developing a way to selectively activate brain, heart, muscle and other cells using ultrasonic waves, which could be a boon to neuroscience research as well as medicine.

Chalasani will receive over $1 million for the first year of the award to expand his groundbreaking technology into mammalian cells. If it works in humans, such a technology could be used for deep brain stimulation--a common treatment in Parkinson's and depression. It could also be used outside of the brain to act as a pacemaker for a heart or to produce insulin from pancreatic cells.

"The Chalasani lab developed a revolutionary way to precisely target specific cells in a living organism using sound waves," says Salk President Elizabeth Blackburn. "With support from the BRAIN Initiative, Sreekanth will be able to expand his trailblazing science which could lead to many exciting applications in research and medicine."

Chalasani's new technique, which he calls sonogenetics, has some similarities to the burgeoning use of light (optogenetics) to activate cells in order to better understand the brain, but is less invasive. This method-which uses the same type of waves used in medical sonograms-may have additional advantages over optogenetics particularly when it comes to adapting the technology to human therapeutics. Chalasani first demonstrated the technique on nematodes in 2015, showing that low-intensity ultrasound waves propagating into the worms caused a membrane ion channel called TRP-4 to open and activate cells. His team also added the TRP-4 channel and successfully activated neurons that don't usually react to ultrasound. With the new grant, Chalsani is developing technology to deliver focused ultrasonic waves to particular regions of the mammalian brain and is also exploring additional ion channels that could be targeted with ultrasound.

"I am very grateful for the support to pursue this research and see whether this technique can work in mammals and translate to humans for medical benefits," says Chalasani, who is collaborating with additional Salk labs as well as with the University of California, San Diego on the effort.

"In only three years we've already seen exciting new advances in neuroscience research come out of the BRAIN Initiative," says Walter J. Koroshetz, MD, director of NIH's National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. "There are very few effective cures for neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders. By pushing the boundaries of fundamental neuroscience research, NIH BRAIN Initiative scientists are providing the insights researchers will need to develop 21st century treatments."

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Australia-based Venkat Suhas Atluri donates gold crown to Saibaba shrine


Shirdi: An Australia-based Saibaba devotee, Venkat Suhas Atluri, today donated a gold crown, weighing 748 grams, to the Shirdi shrine here, officials said. The crown, adorned with multi-coloured gems, is estimated to be worth over Rs 21.77 lakhs, officials of Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust said.

Atluri visited the shrine in the morning on the occasion of Dussehra and took part in the 'aarti', they added. "I am visiting Shirdi since I was one-year-old. I hail from Andhra Pradesh and due to Saibaba's blessings, I have settled in Australia," he said.

Tech CEO acquires 2nd firm

Avani Technology Solutions Inc.’s founder President and CEO Sameer Penakalapati has agreed to acquire Poughkeepsie-based Indotronix International Corp.—a $22 million IT company provider—adding some 250 employees and dozens of Fortune 500 clients to his portfolio, officials said. 

The acquisition is a major step in President and CEO Penakalapati’s goal of reaching $100 million in revenue by 2020. Penakalapati predicts combined sales for the two firms of $50 million this year.

The deal has taken roughly four months to come together, and it is expected to close in late October.

The acquisition is slated to bring the two firms’ total employment to over 700 staffers spanning all 50 states and in India. The two companies employ some 150 people in New York. The deal also includes the addition of 50 people in Avani’s India office. 

The addition of Indotronix will give Penakalapati’s pair of firms government clients and prime contractors who have been customers for 30 years, a huge benefit for a company with eight years of operating history, Penakalapati said 

Indotronix clients include Lockheed Martin Corp., Verizon Wireless Inc. and Deloitte LLP.

“I think the biggest advantage that we have with the firm is the history and the clientele they have today,” Penakalapati said. “That’s hard for any business like us; really starting off it’s tough to win (top clients). With this firm we have now a foot in the door with those big class customers.”

“This makes perfect sense to me. It’s a close-knit family. It’s run by one person who we can trust; it’s an easy transaction,” he added.

The software development firm, which has its headquarters at 687 Lee Road, already had planned to add five local staffers by the close of 2016. Next year Avani plans to add another 10 people to Rochester’s workforce and reach $65 million to $70 million in revenues.

“I think (the acquisition) is a great fit,” said Mitch Meller, vice president of IT services for Avani. “I think there’s a lot of synergy between our two companies. We focus a lot on applications; they do that as well as some infrastructure, and I think our philosophies in general are very similar.”

Indotronix was founded by Babu Rao Mandava in 1986. He worked for IBM Corp. for 20 years before taking early retirement in 1985. 

At its peak, Indotronix grew to an $80 million firm around 2006-07, which included multiple other business lines of the Mandava family that spanned the food production, security and real estate industries. Mandava passed away in December, prompting his family to reconsider the company’s future. 

There was no plan to sell the business until its leaders came into contact with Penakalapati, said Aneel Potluri, grandson of Mandava and president and chief operating officer of Indotronix.

“I know in the normal sense when people are looking to sell they go through a very structured sale process with a broker and things like that, and this was very unique because there was no broker,” he said. “It was just an arrangement between two people, and my comfort with him is what really got the deal going forward because he reminds me so much of my own grandfather.”

Potluri and his cousin Ashok Mandava have led Indotronix in recent years. Mandava serves as executive vice president and chairman of the firm’s India branch.

Potluri will transition from president to an adviser role for the combined company when the deal closes. Mandava will shift his focus to the family’s other companies that used to be housed under the Indotronix name. Surrendering the Indotronix name is part of the deal with Avani.

“We’re looking forward to it. We’re very happy that our firm is going to be part of the Avani family,” Potluri said. “There will be a firm in Rochester now that will have dozens upon dozens of Fortune 500 clients.

“Avani already had some too, but the combination of both will be a very world class organization (and) (Penakalapati’s) ability to service that caliber of clientele will be very well-cemented with this merger,” Potluri said.

The deal calls for the two firms to be under the holding company of Indotronix Avani Inc. The headquarters of the combined companies will be in Rochester, although a few employees will remain in the Poughkeepsie office. Penakalapati will run the companies as two separate entities, he said.

“It’s going to add more jobs here,” Penakalapati said. “This is our corporate headquarters. This is where we run, we make money and spend money here; it’s good for Rochester. I’m very confident that we can bring a lot more jobs to Rochester.”

Indotronix is given new life under Penkalapati’s vision.

“The reason why I was so confident (with the acquisition)—it’s the people that you’re dealing with—you get this comfort,” he said. “I think that from the day talking to Aneel and some of his family shareholders I always had a comfort. His grandfather worked very hard to build the company. Your business builds a reputation based on the clients that you have. Now we have these clients (and the) new technology skills—I think it’s a perfect combination for us.”

Monday, October 10, 2016

Ruthvika Shivani Gadde clinches Russian Open title


Ruthvika Shivani Gadde comprehensively beat Russia's Evegeniya Kosetskaya 21-10, 21-13 to win the Russian Open Grand Prix on Sunday.

It took only 26 minutes for Gadde, seeded fourth, to win her second final in 2016 after upsetting Olympic silver medalist PV Sindhu to win the gold medal at the South Asian Games. 

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Indian American Actor-filmmaker Anisha Adusumilli’s First Film Premiered at South Asian Film Fest

Los Angeles-based Indian American actor-director Anisha Adusumilli’s debut short, “First Date,” is among six short films from across the globe screened at the 22nd annual South Asian Film Festival held in Florida Oct. 1 to Oct. 3.

The premise of this hilarious short, which will see its Southeast premiere at the prestigious film fest is: Deepak meets his future bride, Rashmi, for the first time. She’s not exactly what he expected but everything he’s ever wanted.

“First Date” is a passion project stemming from pressure from Adusumilli’s mom to find a man and get married, and a direct result of her putting Adusumilli on an Indian dating site without her knowledge, she said in a statement.

The comedic short is a fantasy (literally and figuratively) she had as she wondered what it would be like to be arranged in marriage as a first-generation South Asian in this app-driven, millennial dating world.

An artist from a young age, Adusumilli began studying classical piano at the age of five and cultivated her passion for the arts through the Trinity College of London.

Continuing her creative expression through dancing and singing, she eventually discovered her love for acting. “First Date” is her first foray into directing her own creation.

Studying both business and theater at the University of California, Los Angeles, she immediately began her career in film and television upon graduation. Some of her recent credits include Fox’s “New Girl,” CBS’ “How I Met Your Mother,” “NCIS: Los Angeles” and NBC’s “Heartbeat,” among others.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Sai Krishna Dandamudi placed 2nd at the Godan Summit 2016 in New York


The challenge aimed to uncover new, innovative ways to unleash the power of open data and solve specific challenges in agriculture and nutrition, to enable policy makers, farmers and the open data community to make significant steps forward in the release, management and use of open data.

Sai Krishna Dandamudi was awarded second place for his inputs on ‘Creating an online marketplace for farmers to secure better prices for crops, in coordination with government data’ under the Policy Challenge. 

The Open Data Challenge received worldwide involvement from over 100 next generation innovators, such as coders, students, designers, marketers, young entrepreneurs, open data enthusiasts, forward-thinkers, and curious minds, the summit received inputs for its Policy Challenge and Open Data Maker's Challenge.

The Policy challenge required entrants to design a policy or program for their country or organisation that would incentivise government and nongovernmental agencies to better utilize, collect, and/or make more accessible open data that will positively impact agriculture and nutrition.

VARI were recognised for their work at enabling intelligent open data channels using government data - for farmers to interact online with the market, helping them obtain better prices for their crops. They are currently at the summit, exhibiting their project. Speaking of their work, Sai Krishna Dandamudi said “VARI is founded on the premise that providing better market information to farmers will improve farmers’ incomes and deliver better prices to consumers for agricultural produce.

Our goal is to provide channels for direct communication between buyers and sellers using an online platform/mobile platform (SMS & Android App) supported by local field representatives.”

Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad named BCCI selection panel Chairman

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) appointed Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad  as the new chairman of the national selection committee. BCCI’s decision of appointing Prasad and the rest of the selection committee was in complete defiance of the Lodha Committee recommendations, which had called for a three-member committee as opposed to the five-member one that the Board has stuck to.

Mannava Sri Kanth Prasad, during his playing days, was a wicketkeeper batsman. He made his international debut in an ODI against Bangladesh in Mohali in 1998. His first Test cap came the following year against New Zealand at the same venue. Prasad was brought into the setup in place of Nayan Mongia who was nursing an injury. This opportunity allowed MSK to play six Tests until 2000.

In 2000, Mongia was called back to the India squad which led to Prasad getting dropped. He didn’t find a way back to the national setup since then.

After being dropped from the Test squad in 2000, Prasad continued his first-class career for seven more years. In all he played 96 first-class matches and scored 4021 runs. He also captained the Andhra Pradesh team for the 2007-08 Ranji Trophy season after which he announced his retirement.

Prasad was the director of Andhra Cricket Association for six years. In 2012, ACA Vice President DVSS Somayajulu offered Prasad to become member of its executive committee, which the former cricketer accepted.

MSK Prasad’s lack of experience at the international stage – with a total of six Tests and 17 ODIs under his belt – has been a big point of criticism for the BCCI to appoint someone at such a high profile.

Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia

Prof. Prasad Yarlagadda awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his services to engineering and the Indian community.

When the Queen’s Birthday Honours were announced, Prof Prasad Yarlagadda was travelling in the US as part of the Queensland Premier’s trade mission.

“I’ve just attended the BIO 2016 Convention, an important part of this mission, and sought out opportunities in the broad field of biotechnology, biomedical instrumentation and similar fields,” he told Indian Link from the US. “I am taking advantage of this trip to visit high quality research institutes and universities to strengthen my research partnerships.”

His commitment to his lifelong passion for engineering, for which he was awarded the OAM this year (along with services to Queensland’s Indian community), was immediately apparent.

Prof. Yarlagadda has been Professor in Smart Systems at the Queensland University of Technology’s Science and Engineering Faculty since 2005, and Project Director, Airports of the Future. He has also held positions at the Centre for Built Environment Engineering and Research, and at the Manufacturing Systems Engineering Research Concentration.

As a scientist, he has been passionate about increasing the stature of STEM in this country.

“Over the past decade a number of universities and research organisations across Australia are putting in much effort in STEM.  There have been good outcomes in encouraging students to take up science and mathematics at school, leading to increase in enrolments in STEM related programs. A classic example has been my own university. QUT has invested substantial resources; the establishment of a state-of-the-art Engineering Precinct, an Institute for Future Environments, and a huge digital displace facility (CUBE) are some of the initiatives that are advancing STEM considerably.”

Prof. Yarlagadda’s career is decorated with many awards and recognitions from global organisations of manufacturing and material engineering.

Within Queensland’s Indian community, Prof Yarlagadda is well known as a leading member of the Federation of Indian Communities of Queensland (FICQ), of which he was President (2013-2015) and Vice President (2010-2013).

He was involved in the establishment of the Tri Sister City Relationship between Brisbane, Hyderabad and Ipswich, in 2010.

He has served on executive positions with GOPIO Queensland, Vedanta Centre and India Australia Society of Queensland. Currently, he is a member of the Queensland Government’s Interim Multicultural Community Reference Group.

He is indebted to his employer for encouraging his community-related activities.

“It is absolutely important for me to acknowledge the support and encouragement that I receive from QUT and its senior management to engage in various community service and leadership activities,” he said.

Prof. Yarlagadda came to Australia in 1996, having worked in India, Hong Kong, Singapore and Papua New Guinea before.

His daughter Tejasri was only one when he and his wife Ragamayi moved to Brisbane.

“Brisbane is a wonderful place to raise a family,” Prof Yarlagadda reflected on his twenty years in the city. “Australia is a great country with wonderful opportunities and welcoming nature with great acceptance for people of different cultural backgrounds.  Indeed, it is a great multicultural nation – I myself have friends from more than 60 countries who now call Australia home!”

About his OAM honour, Prof Yarlagadda said, “I am thrilled to note that my years of service are recognised at both professional and community level.”

He added, “It motivates me to work harder for the wider benefit of the community. I believe this will motivate other community leaders and leaders in science and technology too.”

He hopes to continue doing his best both at professional and community levels.

“At a professional level, I am aspiring to establish a National Centre of Excellence for Digital Manufacturing, which will meet the future needs of the Australian manufacturing industry, biomedical industry and also the defence sector.  I’ve already had some initial success very recently in receiving funding of $5 million from the Australian Research Council and other related industries, with a strong team of researchers from various universities. At the community level, I am working with the wider Indian diaspora to establish a significant infrastructure namely India House. I have taken a leadership role here and am working with other Indian community organisations under the leadership of the FICQ. We are about to establish the Queensland India Community Charitable Trust, which will host Indian art and culture events, and also provide opportunity to Queenslanders and Australians to learn about India.”

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Bodepudi Hari Babu elevated as Global COO at Mylan, Inc


Currently, he heads Mylan's Indian arm and OSD and API verticals; he has 25 years' experience in global generic pharma industry

Mylan Laboratories Limited managing director and chief executive officer Bodepudi Hari Babu has been appointed as the global chief operating officer (COO) of the American generics pharmaceutical giant Mylan in his expanded role at the company's global operations.

Currently, he is heading Mylan's Indian subsidiary as well as the oral solid dose (OSD) and active pharmaceutical ingredient (API) verticals. He has around 25 years of experience in global generic pharmaceutical industry.

In his new role, Hari Babu will oversee operations of Mylan's all global verticals including supply chain, sourcing, third-party finished dosage form (FDF) launch management and operational processes, environmental health and safety and regional operations.


After completing PhD in Organic Chemistry from Andhra University Hari Babu started his career at Veera Labs before joining the Matrix Laboratories in the year 2000. He continued to held various leadership positions at Mylan since January 2007, when the company had acquired a controlling stake in Matrix Laboratories, which was later renamed as Mylan Laboratories Limited.

Hari Babu served as the chief operating officer of Mylan Laboratories Limited since January 1, 2009 and also served as its executive vice president of API Technical Operations. He had also served as a senior vice president of API Tech Operations at Matrix Laboratories, responsible for API manufacturing and related manufacturing services. He hasbeen an executive director of Mylan Laboratories since October, 2007, which is considered to be one of the world's largest suppliers of APIs.

Hari Babu is second person to be elevated to global role at Mylan while heading Mylan's India operations. His predecessor Rajiv Malik was appointed as global president in 2011 and was later nominated to the Mylan board in 2013. Later he was appointed as the global CEO. With a strong generics pharmaceutical industry base, India has been able to produce people capable of taking  leadership positions in global pharmaceutical companies, say industry observers.

One of the largest generics and speciality pharmaceutical players in the world, Mylan had entered India on the back of acquisition of Matrix Laboratories founded by Nimmagadda Prasad. The deal transformed Mylan overnight into one of the world's largest manufactures of APIs and allowed it to vertically integrate the production of the company's finished dosage medicines, according to the company.

Today Mylan's manufacturing platform includes more than 52 facilities, 25 of which are located in India. The Indian facilities include 9 API and 15 FDF facilities, which manufacture medicines for both regulated and emerging markets.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Koneru's Seattle startup Zenoti raises $15M

Zenoti, which helps spa and salon chains manage their businesses, has raised $15 million in a round led by Norwest Venture Partners, which co-founder and former spa-chain owner Dheeraj Koneru said will help the six-year-old Seattle company expand geographically and enter the fitness and yoga arena.

“Software is not looked at as an asset yet in the spa arena, and that’s one of the things we want to change,” said Dheeraj Koneru, who founded Zenoti with his brother, CEO Sudheer Koneru. “Wouldn’t it be great if customers could check in electronically, enjoy their spa experience, walk out without having to stop because their credit card will be debited, provide feedback and get a response? You’ll see that happening.”

Some time back, the Koneru brothers took six years out of their software-development careers to build and run a 10-outlet spa chain in Hyderabad. They learned first-hand that spas had no single piece of software to help them manage and expand their business, and that using software packages to meet various needs meant the pieces couldn’t interoperate. “We talked to other chains, and they said ‘We use this and that; we just accept what’s there and live with the pain.'”

Thinking there had to be a better way, the brothers sold their spas and re-entered the software arena, starting Zenoti in 2010.

Though usable by companies of all sizes, Zenoti is especially aimed at mid-size to large chains that are growing rapidly, Koneru said.

It provides a view of a company’s operations in its locations and coordinates the scheduling of customer appointments, marketing efforts and inventory tracking. It sends service reminders, product-refill reminders and special offers automatically via social media; juggles employee schedules; computes payrolls; and collects and collates customer feedback.

Gift cards issued at one location can be redeemed at another, and analytics assess the entire chain’s performance, including marketing, finances and inventory.

Zenoti-Logo-WhiteAbout half the company’s revenue now comes from the U.S., and a significant proportion of the rest is from Australia, India and Southeast Asia.

The company plans to use the new funding to expand into Europe, Dheeraj Koneru  said. Now at 140 employees, it has 90 open positions and will use part of the money to fund those salaries, he said.  Zenoti claims more than 5,000 spas in more than 30 countries are using its software, including Lakme Salons, Sothys Malaysia, Massage Heights, Massage Green,and Kaya Skin Clinics. The company also caters to the luxury market, including brands such as Elemis, and has expanded into the resort space, adding Taj Hotels, Melcro Crown, Crown Hotels, and Alaya hotels to its customer mix.

Zenoti’s offering uses Amazon Web Services exclusively. It costs an average of $400-$500 per month.

This round brings the company’s total funding to $21 million. It received $6 million Series A round from Accel Partners at its founding.

Challapalli Fort - History of Yarlagadda Zamindars



Challapalli is a village in Krishna district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Challapalli mandal of Machilipatnam revenue division.

The Rajah of Challapalli, Srimanthu Raja Yaralagadda Ankineedu Prasad Bahadur Garu built this Palace in the early 18th centaury. Then onwards Challapalli became the capital for the Devarkota Estate and the town developed around the palace. It remains as a great example of Andhra architecture to this very day. . The last crowned monarch of Challapalli was Srimanthu Raja Yaralagadda Shivaram Prasad Bahadur Garu (1906-76). As of 2012, the Royal family members no longer reside in the fort.


Yarlagadda Rajas of Challapali fort and Zamindari that ruled this area from 15 century now the kingdom has gone due to land cease act that was kept by the Indian Government but their greatness was in the words of the people in that area .


The Raja of Challapalli (Devarakota) in Krishna district was among the richest of the Rajahs and held the title 'Srimanthu'. At the time of Independence he was leading the list of 'Andhra Pramukhulu' (Prominent people of Andhra).

1.Their ruling used to be from East - Machilipatnam,   West - Gannavaram, South -Krishna river and North - Krishna river as limit

2.In their rule there were totally 66 towns, 32 villages and 2 Aagraharams

3.Yarlagadda dynasty starts with Raja Yarlagadda Gurveneedu from 1576 -1596 following him Tirumalaneedu, Gangineedu, Kanchineedu and Naganna

4. The famous Emperor was Raja Yarlagadda Ankeeneedu ruled from 1710-1723 who had good respect in the people

5. Later in 1746 Raja Yarlagadda Kodandarammana Bahadur came to rule made construction of most of the temples,use to encourage the all the other activities

6. Raja Yarlagadda Venkata Ramana Bahadur came to rule in 1791 and died in 1 year his son Ankeeneedu Bahadur came to rule from 1798-1819

7. In 1928 Srimanthu Raja Yarlagadda Ankeeneedu Prasad bahadur died. Following him his son Srimanthu Raja Yarlagadda Sivaram Prasad Bahadur made a lot of  development tot his challapalli Zamindari he is last king to rule the  Challapalli Zamindari

Monday, September 5, 2016

Kamma IFS (Indian Foreign Service) officers (Ambassadors)

Past:

1) Nuthakki Venkateswara Rao: Indian Ambassador at Pakistan
2) Ratakonda Dayakar: Indian Ambassador to Sweden 

Present: 

3) Parvathaneni Harish: Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam 
4) Dr.Tadipaneni Suresh Babu: Ambassador of India to Mongolia 
5) Chintapalli Rajasekhar: India's Ambassador to Cuba 
6) Anu Prattipati: Acting U.S.A Consul General in Pakistan 

Parvathaneni Harish: Indian Ambassador to Viet Nam

Mr. Parvathaneni Harish is the  Ambassador of India to the Socialist Republic of Vietnam since 16th April 2016.

Since joining the Indian Foreign Service in 1990, he has learnt Arabic at the American University of Cairo and passed the examination with distinction.

He has served in the Indian Missions in Cairo and Riyadh and headed the Post as India's Representative to the Palestinian Authority stationed in Gaza city. He was on Secondment to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) as the Chief of the Policy Analysis Unit at UNRWA Headquarters in Gaza.

He thereafter worked in the East Asia and External Publicity Divisions in the Ministry of External Affairs. For a period of five years since 2007, Mr. Harish was the Joint Secretary and Officer on Special Duty to the Hon'ble Vice President of India and Chairman of the council of States of the Indian Parliament, Mr. M. Hamid Ansari. Mr. Harish has been the Consul General of India, Houston, USA since 30th July 2012.

Mr. Parvathaneni Harish is a gold medalist Mechanical Engineering graduate from Osmania University College of Engineering, Hyderabad and has studied at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. He is married to Mrs. Parvathaneni Nandita and has two daughters, Ayushi and Amani.

వినాయకచవితి శుభాకాంక్షలు


Sunday, September 4, 2016

Pranjala Yadlapalli qualified for US open

Pranjala Yadlapalli qualified for US open Junior main-draw with straight sets victory over American Kariann Pierre-Louis, United States, 6-4, 6-4. In the first set Pranjala was 2-4 down before winning next four games for winning this set and continued same momentum for winning the match.

Guna Muppuri Recently named President of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica


MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica -- Recently named president of the Business Process Industry Association of Jamaica (BPIAJ) Dr Gunasekhar Muppuri has pledged to partner with government and all other stakeholders to rev up the sector's fight towards improving the destination's tarnished image, brought about by cyber crimes including the lotto scamming.

Meanwhile, during its recent AGM, Dr Guna Muppuri took over the reins of the BPIAJ from Yoni Epstein who headed the organisation since its 2012 inception.

A Physician, by profession graduated from the class of 1986-1991 at S.V. University Medical College, Tirupati-India. Later he migrated to Jamaica in early 1992 and since then, he worked in various capacities as a medical officer in the health care system of Jamaica between private and public sector entities. A compassionate and caring physician with over 20 years of medical experience in Jamaica and 8 years of experience as an entrepreneur in the field of pharmaceuticals. Dr. Muppuri is a visionary principal founder and CEO of Indies Pharma Ja Ltd and under his able stewardship the organization has become a force to reckon with in the generic pharmaceuticals branding and distribution in Jamaica.

Dr. Muppuri is a well established and successful entrepreneur in diversified industries ranging from pharmaceuticals, health care/medical education to heavy metals manufacturing industry. Dr. Muppuri is also the Co-Founder and Promoter of GMP Greenfield India Pvt Ltd, ECOAMIGOS GMP Caribbean, Bioprist Pharmaceuticals NA LLC, Bioprist Las Americas Ltd. Dr. Muppuri will be taking over the responsibility of president of the upcoming International Health Sciences University in order to design and establish the road for a world class Medical and Health Sciences University in the Caribbean. 

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Saketh Myneni qualifies for US Open

Saketh Myneni took another significant step forward in his professional career by entering the main draw of the US Open. The 28-year-old Myneni, ranked 143 in the world, outplayed Pedja Krstin of Serbia 6-3, 6-0 in the third and final qualifying round. He did not drop a set in the three rounds of the qualifying event.

The main draw entry is worth a minimum of $43,313 to the Indian who considers the USA a second home, a place where he completed his college education and honed his tennis skills with professional support. “Glad that I got to do it at my home-away-from-home Grand Slam,” said Myneni. Injuries and fitness issues had troubled him during the French Open and Wimbledon earlier in the season.

“I am very happy with my progress and looking forward to the big challenges. It is a dream come true and I hope it is just the start of a new beginning,” said Myneni.

It has been an interesting season for Myneni. He had given a glimpse of things to follow by making the final of the Delhi Open Challenger when his all-round style, the deft touch in combination with his big game, shook many a quality player out of his comfort zone.

“It was something of a goal for me. The grind on the Tour for the last couple of years and the experience that revolves around it has made me better., Ramkumar Ramanathan lost 7-5, 6-1 in the first round to Alessandro Giannessi of Italy. He settled for $5,606.

The results: Qualifying event (third and final round): Saketh Myneni bt Pedja Krstin (Srb) 6-3, 6-0; Second round: Myneni bt Mitchell Krueger (USA) 7-6(6), 6-4.

First round: Myneni bt Albano Olivetti (Fra) 6-3, 7-5; Alessandro Giannessi (Ita) bt Ramkumar Ramanathan 7-5, 6-1.

Rohan Chalasani Honored at White House with Environmental Award

Indian American teen Rohan Chalasani was honored with 62 other students and 18 teachers at the White House for their contributions to environmental education and stewardship, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said.

The 2015 winners and honorable mentions for the annual President's Environmental Youth Award and the 2015-2016 Presidential Innovation Award for Environmental Educators were honored for their work.

The PIAEE awards recognize innovative environmental educators who integrate environmental learning into their classrooms using hands-on, experiential approaches. The PEYA awards recognize outstanding environmental stewardship projects by K-12 youth.

Chalasani, a junior at Fox Chapel High School in Pittsburgh, was an EPA Region 3 winner for his impact of energy consumption reduction on household carbon footprints. More information about Chalasani’s project was not immediately available.

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Indira Naidoo appointed as Canada's new Associate Education Minister


Indira Naidoo-Harris could have her hands full as associate minister of education, early years and child care.

Rookie cabinet minister Indira Naidoo-Harris is being shuffled from pensions to pre-schoolers.

Premier Kathleen Wynne announced Wednesday that Naidoo-Harris, who had been charged with overseeing the soon-to-be-defunct Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, is getting new responsibilities.

“Access to high-quality, affordable child care is essential to Ontario families,” Wynne told reporters at a downtown YMCA day care facility.

“This new role in cabinet demonstrates our continued commitment to building a child care and early years system that will make life easier for parents and give children the chance to flourish,” she said.

With the Liberals spending $120 million over three years in new funding to create 4,000 licensed day-care spaces‎ in schools across Ontario, Naidoo-Harris could have her hands full as associate minister of education, early years and child care.

In June, the first-term Halton MPP was elevated to cabinet as associate minister of finance for the Ontario pension plan.

But a national deal with the premiers and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to enhance the Canada Pension Plan negated the need for a separate Ontario retirement scheme.

Wynne’s government spent $70 mill‎ion on the ORPP, including severance packages for people hired to administer the plan.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Kiran Challagundla the man behind PV Sindhu’s exceptional fitness

Racquet skills aside, the one defining attribute of PV Sindhu over the last week has been her fitness. The 83-minute final went the way of Carolina Marin on account of her superior court craft and not for Sindhu being found wanting in limb.

Behind the silver is a story of years of hard work. After all, the 21-year-old first turned up to work with coach Pullela Gopichand when she was all of eight years old. Her fitness bulwark has been built since then and two crucial months of training in the lead up to the Games were the apogee of an incrementally increasing work load over 12 years.

“Her daily schedule consists of three sessions, with the first one beginning at 4am. It continues till 6.30 or 7am. We can go through as many as a thousand shuttles per session,” says Gopichand, the coach with the Olympic medal touch. To put it in context, during the final, only 25 shuttles were used.

It goes on: “We come back by about eight for another couple of hours of group session. Then it’s back again around 11am for an hour and a half. In the evening she has a gym and court session or a gym and running session.” So how many hours a day is that? “Six to seven.” How many days a week? “Six”. Is your mind boggling yet? Hold on, it gets more intense.

Sindhu does at least a 100 push-ups and 200 sit-ups a day. The latter are not of a single type but different variations (seven to eight) of exercises that activate the core and abdominal muscles. Thrice a week she does 600 to 700 abdominal routines. By a conservative estimate, she does about 600 pushups and 2400 abdominal exercises each week.

While Gopichand is the master planner and overall monitor, the fitness execution it left to the physio Kiran Challagundla. Kiran (Native of Ganeshunipadu - Guntur dist and S/o well known yoga master Bikshamayya Guruji) made your correspondent realise just how hard they have been working at their academy in Hyderabad to pull off this silver.


Kiran with Saina Nesval and Farmer National Champion Chetan Anand 

“Sindhu is a tall girl. For her, balance and stability drills are essential. The routine has to keep varying and we tweak it each week. Graded loading is the key,” says Kiran. The player has a blood test every two months so that her nutrition and supplements can be tweaked to compensate for any deficiencies. Her body weight and heart rate are constantly monitored to asses her physical condition.

When it comes to building the kind of endurance that the sport demands, there is a lot of legwork involved. The same graded approach comes into play. “We do different things. Like two to three sets of ten 400m runs or one 2.4 km run. Some days, we push for a 10 km run. The point is to keep the training varied, not let the body get used to it and therefore stop growing,” says Kiran. Progressive loading is what the fitness industry calls this.

Much has been made of coach Gopichand’s ban on junk food and sweets from Sindhu’s diet in the run up to the Games. But it’s elementary to him: “The sugar hampers recovery, it causes inflammation,” says Gopi. Kiran clarifies that becoming a champion means giving up the right to choose what you eat. If you have a child and nurture dreams of Olympic glory, pay attention to this: “There is nothing like what she prefers. She eats what she is told to.”

There’s constant supervision and each meal is measured out. “A challenge that we have with Sindhu is that her appetite is very less. We monitor each meal and give her high calorie food when she’s not feeling hungry enough,” says Kiran.

That’s also why the supplements are key. “Even during the Games she has been carrying three types of nutrition supplements in her bag. These vary – high energy, protein-based or recovery inducing.” They can be fluid based or energy bars.

After the six or so hours of training, the day is still not done for Sindhu. There is always recovery. “There are three bits to that. Post practice, at night and then next morning. It comprises active recovery which is yoga, sleep, relaxing in the swimming pool and light fitness. Passive recovery is icing, massage etc,” says Kiran.

Gopi is not too happy that Sindhu does not like pranayam (yogic breathing routines) too much. “Yoga is very good, but they have to believe in it. I do and I hope one day she will too,” says Gopi.
All this and they still aren’t completely satisfied with her. “She is just 21 years old. She will fill out. She can improve at least 20% in all aspects – strength, endurance, balance….at least minimum 20% we can guarantee,” says Kiran.

Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu Ruler of Amaravati

Muktyala fort ‘Harihara Vilas’
Amaravati: The temple town of Amaravati was once ruled by Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu. He was the man behind establishment of Jaggayyapet and Achammapet on behalf of his parents. He ruled up to 552 villages and towns located on borders of Krishna district including Madhira, Khammam, Kalidindi, Kondapalli, Kondaveedu, Vinukonda, Ponnuru, Nizampatnam and Palivela near Rajahmundry.

He provided large temple towers at Lord Narasimha Swamy temple at Mangalagiri and Amareswara Swamy temple in Amaravati. He built Lord Brahma temple at Chebrolu village near Guntur and installed 108 Sivalingas in temples at various villages in one auspicious muhurat. Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu was born in 1761 and died in 1816.


Highlights:

* Raja Vasireddy Venkatadri Naidu ruled Amaravati
* Vasireddy Sri Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad was the Raja of Muktyala
* He conducted a lot of research on Ayurveda and cancer and published ‘Sri Dhanvantari’ magazine
* Historically important tools, artefacts and knives were housed in Mahendra Vilas in Amaravati

His ancestors like Vasireddy Dasaradhi Naidu, Ramanatha Babu, Mukhyeswara Prasad, Venkatadri Naidu, Uma Maheswara Prasad, Chandra Mouliswara Prasad, Erlagadda Ankineedu Prasad, Mallikharjuna Prasad, Sivarama Prasad and Ramakrishna Prasad once lived in spacious forts and castles in Muktyala, Kondaveedu, Challapalli, Jayantipuram and Kondapalli etc. 

Raja Vasireddy Sri Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad was the ruler of Muktyala in the early 20th century while Raja Vasireddy Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad was the king of Amaravati at the same time.

Vasireddy Rama Gopala Krishna Maheswara Prasad and Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad were freedom fighters, known for their interests in poetry, dance, music and Ayurveda.

Maheswara Prasad was the proposer for construction of Pulichintala Project to supply irrigation water to the starving lands, but the then government scrapped the idea as the ayacut was very low. 

So, after spending Rs 60 lakh on research to find the best place for an irrigation project, he had identified Nandikonda and initiated proposals for Nagarjuna Sagar project. 

He was also the man who had set up ‘Arsha Rasayanasala’, a laboratory where different types of research on cancer was carried out for decades in the three-storeyed Muktyala fort ‘Harihara Vilas’.

As a lover of Buddhism, he also planned setting up museums in Muktyala and Amaravati and collected thousands of artefacts for the purpose.

Vasireddy Bala Chandrasekhara Varaprasad rebuilt the palace in Amaravati and renamed it ‘Mahendra Vilas’ in 1930s. The Muktyala Raja family initially lived for about six months during every year in Amaravati in the Mahendra Vilas. 

Subsequently they used to live there for two months and then for 15 days during Sivaratri period. Mahendra Vilas also has a large number of historically important tools, artefacts and knives inherited by the Vasireddy family over generations.

The Harihara Vilas is now being used as a guest house by KCP Cements while the Mahendra Vilas is occasionally used by the Vasireddy family. 

He was known as a very good soul who worked for the welfare of the common man. He was the man behind the idea of construction of Nagarjuna Sagar and spent lakhs of rupees on research for identifying the best place.”

Muktyala Raja was a poet, writer and interested in Ayurveda. He did a lot of research on Ayurveda and cancer and published ‘Sri Dhanvantari’ magazine for more than 50 years. 

“A number of unpublished research documents and books on cancer, thousands of artefacts of Buddhism lie in the fort and they are the property of the Andhra Pradesh people. 


Thursday, August 4, 2016

ముసునూరు కమ్మ నాయకుల చరిత్ర

ముసునూరు కాపయ నాయకుడు


కాకతీయ సామ్రాజ్యం పతనా నంతరం తెలుగునాట నెలకొన్న రాజకీయ అనిశ్చితి కాలంలో స్థానిక సైన్యాన్ని సంఘటితం చేసిన కొందరు నాయకులు ముసునూరు నాయకులు అని ప్రసిద్ధి చెందారు. కాకతీయుల తరువాత సాగిన అంధకార యుగం అనుకొనే ఈ సమయం గురించి సుప్రసిద్ధ చరిత్ర పరిశోధకుడు మల్లంపల్లి సోమశేఖర శర్మ విశేషంగా అధ్యయనం చేశాడు. క్రీ.శ. 1323-1336 కాలంలో ముసునూరు కాపయ నాయకుడు, ముసునూరు ప్రోలయ నాయకుడు తురుష్క పాలకులతో స్వాతంత్య్ర పోరాటం సాగించడం, కాపయ నాయకుడు ఓరుగల్లును ఆక్రమించడం గురించి శర్మ వివరించాడు. ఈ ''ముసునూరు యుగం'' రాజకీయంగా సువర్ణ ఘట్టమని శర్మ నిరూపించాడు.

1323 సంవత్సరములో ఆంధ్ర దేశము అల్లకల్లోల పరిస్థితిలో ఉన్నది. ఢిల్లీ సుల్తాను పంపిన ఉలుఫ్‌ఖాన్‌ (మహమ్మద్‌ బీన్‌ తుగ్లక్‌) మూడు నెలల ముట్టడి తరువాత ప్రతాపరుద్రుని జయించి బంధించాడు. ఓరుగల్లు నెలల తరబడి దోచుకున్నాడు. అమూల్యమైన కోహినూరు వజ్రము, బంగారము, వజ్రవైఢూర్యములు మొదలగు సంపద 20,000 గుర్రములు, ఏనుగులు, ఒంటెలపై ఢిల్లీ తరలించారు. ప్రతాపరుద్ర మహారాజు, దుర్గపాలకుడు గన్నమ నాయుడు (యుగంధర్‌/ మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌) మొదలగు వారు బందీలుగా ఢిల్లీ తరలుచుండగా మహరాజు నర్మదా నదిలో ఆత్మహత్య చేసుకున్నాడు.

ప్రోలానీడు :
ప్రోలయ నాయకుని విలస శాసనమందు ఆనాటి తెలుగుదేశపు దయనీయ దుస్థితి వర్ణించాడు. అట్టి విషమ కాలమందు బెండపూడి అన్నయ మంత్రి మరియు కొలను రుద్రదేవుడను ఇద్దరు దేశాభిమానులు చెల్లాచెదరైన నాయకులను ఐక్యపరిచారు. వారికి నాయకునిగా ముసునూరి ప్రోలానీడు అను ఒక కమ్మ సేనానిని ఎన్నుకొన్నారు. ప్రతాపరుద్రుని 72 నాయకులలో ప్రోలానీడు ఒకడు. క్రిష్ణా మండలములోని నూజివీడుకు చెందినవాడు. అతని తండ్రి పేరు పోచినాయకుడు. పోచినాయకునికి ముగ్గురు తమ్ములు. వారు రాజనాయకుడు, కమ్మనాయకుడు మరియు దేవనాయకుడు. దేవనాయకునికి మహావీరుడగు పుత్రుడు కాపయ నాయకుడు జన్మించెను. ముసునూరి కాపానీడు తన పినతండ్రికి చేదోడు వాదోడుగా నిలచి, పేరుప్రఖ్యాతులు గడించాడు. 

ప్రోలానీడు నాయకులందరినీ ఒక తాటిపై తెచ్చి, ఓరుగల్లును విముక్తి గావించేందుకు పలు వ్యూహాలు పన్నాడు. అతనికి ముఖ్య సహచరులుగా అద్దంకి వేమారెడ్డి, కొప్పుల ప్రోలయనాయకుడు, రేచెర్ల సింగమనాయకుడు, మంచికొండ గణపతినాయకుడు, వుండి వేంగభూపతి మొదలగు మహావీరులు తెలుగుదేశమును పారతంత్య్రము నుండి విడిపించుటకు సన్నద్ధులయ్యారు. పలుచోట్ల పెక్కు యుద్ధముల అనంతరం 1326లో తురుష్కులను దక్షిణ భారతమునుండి తరిమివేయుటలో నాయకులు సఫలమైరి. హిందూమతము రక్షించబడెను. దేవాలయములు పునరుద్ధరించబడెను. కోటలు గట్టిబరచబడెను. బ్రాహ్మాణులకు అగ్రహారాలిచ్చారు. అనితల్లి కలువచేరు శాసనములో ప్రోలానీడి వీరత్వము, దేశాభిమానము, ప్రజారంజకమగు పరిపాలన విపులముగా కొనియాడేవారు

కాపానీడు: 
వయసు మీరిన ప్రోలానీడు రాజ్యాధికారమును కాపానీడికి అప్పగించి రేకపల్లి కోటకు తరలిపోయాడు. ముసునూరివారి విజయములచే ఉత్తేజితులై హొయసల, ద్వారసముద్రము మరియు అరవీటి రాజులు తిరుగుబాటు చేసి తిరిగి వారి వారి రాజ్యములు సాధించుకొన్నారు. ఇస్లాము మతమునకు మార్చబడిన హరిహర మరియు బుక్క రాయలు హోయసల రాజ్యమును జయించి, విద్యారణ్యులవారి బోధనలవల్ల తిరిగి హిందూ మతమును స్వీకరించి ఆనెగొంది విజయనగర రాజ్యము స్థాపించారు. మధురలో జలాలుద్దీను హస్సను స్వతంత్రుడిగా ప్రకటించుకొనెను. సుల్తాను ఉగ్రుడై స్వయముగా పెద్దసైన్యముతో ఓరుగల్లు చేరారు. అచ్చట ప్రబలుచున్న మహమ్మారివల్ల సుల్తానుకు అంటు జాడ్యము వచ్చింది. భయపడిన సుల్తాను తిరిగి దౌలతాబాదుకు తిరుగుముఖము బట్టెను. తనతో వచ్చిన ముల్తాను పాలకుడు మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌ ను ఓరుగల్లు కోటకు అధిపతిగా నియమించి ఢిల్లీకి తిరిగిపోయెను . వెనువెంటనే హోయసల రాజు సహకారముతో కాపయ ఓరుగల్లుపై దాడి చేసి తెలంగాణమంతయును విముక్తి గావించాడు. మాలిక్‌ మక్బూల్‌ ఢిల్లీకి పారిపోయెను. ఓరుగల్లు కోటపై ఆంధ్రదేశ పతాకము ఎగిరెను. కాపానీడు ఆంధ్రదేశాధీశ్వర మరియు ఆంధ్రసురత్రాణ అనే బిరుదులు పొందాడు. ప్రజారంజకముగా పరిపాలించాడు. తన తోటినాయకులగు వేమారెడ్డి, పిఠాపురం కొప్పుల నాయకుడు, రేచెర్ల, భువనగిరి, దేవరకొండ పద్మనాయకుల స్వతంత్రమును గౌరవించాడు. కాపానీడు సామ్రాజ్యము శ్రీకాకుళము నుండి బీదరు వరకు సిరిపూరు నుండి కంచి వరకు విస్తరించాడు. అది ఆంధ్రదేశ చరిత్రలో సువర్ణాక్షరములతో లిఖించదగిన కాలము.

పతనము:1345లో హసను గంగు మహమ్మదు బీన్‌ తుగ్లక్‌పై తిరుగుబాటు చేసి, దేవగిరిలో బహమనీ రాజ్యము స్థాపించెను. 1347లో తన రాజధానిని గుల్బర్గాకు మార్చెను. అతని ముఖ్యోద్దేశము దక్షిణాపథమునంతయు ఆక్రమించుట. క్రమముగా తెలుగు నాయకులలో ఐక్యత సన్నగిల్లసాగెను. పాత అసూయలు, కక్షలు తిరిగి తలెత్తాయి. రేచెర్ల సింగమ నాయుడు అద్దంకిపై దండెత్తగా కాపయ కలుగచేసుకొనెను, సింగయకది నచ్చలేదు. అదేసమయాన తుగ్లక్‌ బహమనీ రాజ్యముపై దాడిచేయగా కాపయ సాయమందించెను. బహమనీ సుల్తాను ఎంత కృతఘ్నుడో కాపానీడికి త్వరలో తెలియవచ్చెను. 1350లో సింగమనాయుని ప్రోద్బలముతో అల్లావుద్దీను ఓరుగల్లుపై మొదటిసారి దండెత్తెను. ఇది ఊహించని కాపానీడు వీరోచితముగా పోరాడినను తప్పక సంధిగావించుకొని కైలాసకోటను అల్లావుద్దీనుకప్పగించెను. తుగ్లక్‌ 1351లో మరణించగా మిగుల ఉత్సాహముతో అల్లావుద్దీను పెద్దసైన్యము సమకూర్చుకొని 1355లో మరలా ఓరుగల్లుపై దండెత్తెను. ఆతనికి సింగమ నాయుడు లోపాయకారీగా సహాయపడెను. భువనగిరి సహా పెక్కు కోటలు స్వాధీనపర్చుకొని ఒక సంవత్సరముబాటు అలావుద్దీను తెలంగాణలో సర్వనాశనము గావించెను. 1359లో గుల్బర్గకు తిరిగిపోయి మరణించెను. పిమ్మట మహమ్మదు షా గుల్బర్గలో రాజయ్యాడు. అది అదనుగా కాపానీడు తన కుమారుడు వినాయకదేవుని భువనగిరి మరియు కైలాసకోటలను విముక్తి గావించుటకు పంపెను. ఆతనికి బుక్క రాయలు సాయపడెను. తొలుత విజయములు సాధించినను వినాయక దేవుడు షా సైన్యమునకు చిక్కి మహాఘాతుకముగా వధించబడ్డాడు. కాపానీడికి అదొక పెద్ద విషాదఘాతము. బుక్కరాయల సహాయముతో కాపానీడు బహ్మనీ సుల్తానుపై పెద్ద దాడికి సన్నిద్ధుడయ్యెను. అది తెలిసి మహమ్మదు షా కోపోద్రిక్తుడై తెలంగాణపై దండెత్తెను. రాచకొండ నాయకులు అతనికి సాయమందించారని చరిత్రకారుల అభిప్రాయము. అలాంటి విషమ సమయమున బుక్కరాయలు మరణించెను. విజయనగర తోడ్పాటు లేకపోయెను. కాపానీడు ఓడిపోయి గొల్లకొండ కోటను, నెమలి సింహాసనము, ఎనలేని సంపద, వజ్రవైఢూర్యములు, బంగారము సమర్పించుకొనెను. మహమ్మదు షా రెండు వర్షములు తెలంగాణను అన్నివిధములుగా నాశనము గావించి 1365లో తిరిగిపోయెను. అదే అదనుగా రేచెర్ల సింగమ నాయుడు అతని కుమారులు స్వాతంత్య్రము ప్రకటించుకొని బలహీనపడిన కాపానీడుపై యుద్ధము ప్రకటించిరి. ఖాళీ ఐన కోశాగారముతో, యుద్ధములలో అలసిన సైన్యముతో, విషణ్ణుడైన కాపానీడు పోరుకు తలపడెను. భీమవరము వద్ద జరిగిన పోరులో తెలుగుదేశపు ఐక్యతకు, హిందూమత రక్షణకు, దక్షిణభారతమును పరదాస్యము నుండి విముక్తి చేయుటకు ఎన్నో త్యాగములుచేసిన మహామానధనుడు 1370లో అసువులు బాశాడు.

With Ref: Mallampalli Somasekhara Sharma article published in 'Prajasakthi' . 

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Kamma Supreme Court Judges (Present and past)

List of Kamma Supreme Court Judges:

Alagiriswamy 1st Kamma Supreme court Judge

Past: 

1) Justice A Alagiri Swamy: Judge Madras High court and Judge Supreme Court ((17/10/197 to 16/10/1975)

2) Justice V. Ramaswami: Judge Madras High Court and Chief Justice of Punjab and Haryana High Court and Judge Supreme Court (14/12/1988 to 21/12/1996)

3) Justice K. Venkataswamy: Judge Madras High Court, Chief Justice Patna High Court, Judge Supreme Court  (6/3/1995 to 18/9/1999)

4) Justice D. Raju: Judge Madras High Court, Cheif Justice Himachal Pradesh High Court , Judge Supreme Court (28/1/2000 to 01/07/2004)

Present:

1) Justice Jasti Chelameswar: Judge AP High Court, Chief Justice Guwahati High Court and Kerala High Court, Judge Supreme Court 

2) Justice Nuthalapati Venkata Ramana: Judge AP High Court, Chief Justic Delhi High Court, Judge Supreme Court 

3) Lavu Nageswara Rao: Additional Solicitor General in the Supreme Court of India (Past), Judge Supreme Court

Punnaiah Chowdary is BAI’s official delegate for RIO


The Indian Olympic Association has nominated Badminton Association of India (BAI) Secretary Karanam Chenchu Punnaiah Choudary as the official delegate from the Badminton Association of India to the Rio Olympics, according to a BAI release on Tuesday.

Known for his indefatigable efforts, this 75-year-old Bheeshmacharya of the badminton has been leading the State association as its general secretary for nearly three decades. His role in popularising badminton in Andhra Pradesh is praise-worthy.

His passion for the feather game made him explore new avenues and he qualified as a national umpire in 1981 and later, became India’s first international umpire in 1983 and officiated several international fixtures, including Thomas and Uber Cups.

Punnaiah will leave on August 5 to Argentina and Chile for a badminton development programme and will reach Rio on August 11.

Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar takes charge as Secretary, Dept of Posts Govt of INDIA

Sri Boyapati Venkata Sudhakar, IPoS (1981 batch) has been joined as Secretary, Department of Posts, India.    He is the first Telugu person to assume the apex post in the Department of Posts.   Earlier he was the Member (Technology) in the Department of Posts at New Delhi during which period he has involved himself in the introduction of Core Banking, Rural ICT programme in the Department of Posts so as to enable to reach  the services of the Department to the rural masses.

Sri Sudhakar has born on 18-04-1957 in Kammapalem Village, Nellore District to Smt Anasuyadevi and Sri Yanadaiah.

The schooling of Sri Sudhakar was held at All Saints High School & St. Paul’s High School at Hyderabad.  He has completed his Intermediate studies at Alia Junior College, Hyderabad.  He has completed his B.Sc graduation from New Science College, Hyderabad and did Post graduation in M.Sc (Physics), M Phil & MBA through Osmania University, Hyderabad.

Before joining the Department of Posts, he has worked as Manager at A.P. Cooperative Bank, Hyderabad during 1978-81.

He has been selected to the Indian Postal Services in 1981.  Subsequently he has served the department in various capacities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamilnadu, Maharashtra, West Bengal & New Delhi.

Further he has worked as Regional Film Sensor Board Officer, Hyderabad;  Director of Postal Accounts ; Commissioner, Employment & Training, Government of Andhra Pradesh,  Hyderabad; and Secretary, Information Commission, Andhra Pradesh on deputation.

He has introduced so many innovative schemes, products, services in the Department of Posts and in other Departments where he was on deputation. Some of the schemes like’ Aaseervachanam (TTD prasadam)’,  Sale of TTD tickets through Post Offices,  Sale of Haleem through Post Offices during Ramzan season, Introduction of ‘Nanyatha’  scheme to monitor Letter box clearance,  sale of Godavari sacred water – ‘God jal’, Mechanised Delivery, Same day delivery, Introduction of new Application softwares like ‘Jabardast’ were the contributions of Shri Sudhakar to the Department as well as for the society.  He has ensured the prompt filling-up of vacancies of the Postal Department which were unfilled for so many years.  He has initiated to ensure compassionate appointments periodically rather monthly,  in the interest of the families of diseased employees.

Anika Yarlagadda becomes Michigan's No-1 Tennis player


WEST BLOOMFIELD, MI -- With how dominant Anika Yarlagadda was on the tennis courts this season, it might be a surprise to know that she is only a frehman as well.

The star of West Bloomfield's girls tennis team this spring, Yarlagadda went undefeated this season -- without losing a set in the process -- to claim the Division 1 title in No. 1 singles. For her stellar efforts this spring, Yarlagadda is the 2016 MLive Detroit Player of the Year for girls tennis.

Facing Grosse Pointe South’s Raven Neely, the state's top senior, Yarlagadda showed her prodigal dominance with a 6-1, 6-4 win in No. 1 singles to claim the title.

"I told myself that I'm a freshman, she's a senior," Yarlagadda said after her victory. "I have four years. She has all the pressure. Just keep hitting the ball. She's a big hitter. Just bear through her."

Yarlagadda kept her cool like any champion would and showed why she is the top 10 in the nation for her age group.

"She got frustrated," Yarlagadda said of Neely. "I used that to my advantage. Then I held serve at 4-all. That was important."

With three more seasons ahead of her, Yarlagadda will attempt to become the third Michigan athlete to win four No. 1 singles titles and the first athlete to do it in Division 1.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Hari Kondabolu makes America laugh about America again


Even though Indian-American comic Hari Kondabolu was born in Queens, xenophobes frequently tell him to go back to places like Iraq, Afganistan, and Libya. "Whatever nation our country is bombing, I'm told to go back there at the worst time to go back," he says. But in Denmark, during a particularly awful performance, he was told to go back to America. Maybe that was a sign of how bad things have gotten here in the States, or maybe it was a sign that Kondabolu had finally proven himself as a Mainstream American Comic (Kill Rock Stars), the sarcastic title of his new album.

Kondabolu's comedy is politically observant—he's not getting on a soapbox and forcing his beliefs on the crowd, he's just starting a conversation about topics he thinks the entire country should be talking about, like health care, sexism, and racism. And it seems like he has successfully contributed to activist efforts through his comedy—an image on the comic's Tumblr shows a protest sign featuring a joke from his first album, Waiting for 2042: "Telling me I'm obsessed with race in America is like telling me I'm obsessed with swimming while I'm drowning."

On Mainstream American Comic Kondabolu contends with his distaste for Bobby Jindal and the phrase "all lives matter," but without ever getting too serious. And among the album's lighter moments he tells a story about getting a photo taken with Joe Biden just for the social media likes; breaks into a Doc Brown impression (the only one he's got); and discusses the dissonance between the phrase "nocturnal emissions" and the act it describes ("Nothing is more mainstream American than a come joke!" Kondabolu declares). It's this combination of his political point of view and casual silliness that makes Kondabolu the important new kind of everyman comic America needs.

Anand Tummala: Former Delhi Ranji crickter and USA National team player


Anand Tummala (born 21 October 1978 in Vuyyuru, Krishna district Andhra Pradesh, India) also known as T. Anand, is a cricketer for the United States.

Anand first appeared in the United States national cricket team as an all-rounder in 2011 in the Etihad T20 Cricket Tournament hosted by Cricket Canada in King City, Ontario (11–13 August 2011). 

Anand made an impression with his debut bowling figures of 3 over, 1 maiden, 10 runs & 2 wickets against arch rivals Canada. Anand bowled exceptionally well against Trinidad & Tobago in the second match with figures of 2 for 24 in 4 Overs.

Anand went on to be part of USA Cricket Team in the historical K.A. Auty Trophy (2 day match, played on 15 & 16 August 2011, held at Toronto Cricket, Skating & Curling Club which dates back to 1844 between USA & Canada.

Anand’s performance in the K.A. Auty Trophy was excellent with match bowling figures of 25 overs, 97 runs, 3 maidens and 3 wickets. Anand scored 88 runs in the match with 63 being his highest in the second innings which almost won the game for USA.

Anand also played First-class cricket in India (Ranji Trophy) for Delhi in 2001-02 & has also played Premier league cricket in Gwent, Glamorgan, UK. He completed his Schooling from Sardar Patel Vidyalaya, New Delhi & College from St. Stephen's College, Delhi University.

Anand also acquired his Level I and level II cricket coaching certifications from the England & Wales Cricket Board during his stay at the University of Wales, Newport where he completed his MBA in 2007.

Anand was appointed Coach & Captain for the University of Wales, Newport Cricket team & also went on to be signed as Senior Coach & Player for Croesyceiliog Cricket Club in South Wales Premier League (Gwent, Glamorgan), UK.

Anand has also worked closely with Bishan Bedi (former Indian team Coach & Captain) while he represented Bishan Bedi Cricket Coaching Trust teams in England & Australia.

Anand now plays for North Atlanta Cricket Club in the Atlanta Georgia Cricket Conference (AGCC). He has also represented South East Region of USA where he has performed exceptionally well.